Pawtucket knuckleballer Charlie Zink was named the 2008 AAA Starting Pitcher of the Year. During one 19-game stretch, he allowed one earned run or fewer 14 times. Zink made his major league debut on August 12 at Fenway Park in the crazy 19-17 victory over Texas.
David Ortiz admits he heard some
[F]ans run out of patience and I understand that. It's kind of hard. I saw Pedro Martinez getting booed. I saw Nomar get booed. Those guys, they did it all here before that. I don't mind. I'll just come back next year ready.Boston claimed former Tigers right-hander Virgil Vasquez off waivers.
In Amalie Benjamin's mailbag, she writes: "It's extremely difficult to fault the Sox for not seeing the potential in Carlos Pena." I disagree. At the time (September 2006), many fans were furious that Terry Francona let Pena rot on the bench while penciling in Eric Hinske and the Corpse of Mark Loretta at first base.
Also: Could the unprepared-unpopular-and-gaffe-prone Joe Morgan be dropped from ESPN's Sunday night broadcasts? ... The Post reports that "several industry sources believe the Yankees will make a serious push for [Manny Ramirez] to play right field next year." !